Production in Action: Educational Student Performances

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Production in Action Student Performances

Oakland Ballet Company invites East Bay teachers and students to take part in our special, educational student programs. During Production in Action performances, students are treated not only to full-length versions of upcoming OBC performances, but also witness the behind-the-scene elements of a professional dance performance, such as scene changes. Students also have the opportunity to get to know the OBC artists during post-performance Q&A forums.

To help incorporate this experience into your classroom curriculum, educational guides and lesson plans are provided to accompany each performance – all of which align with CA performing and visual arts standards.

Production in Action performances are offered exclusively for student audiences, (including teachers and parent chaperones) and are not open to the general public. This program is sponsored by Clorox, The Matson Foundation, and US Bank.

2018 Production in Action offerings:

Scene and Heard Spring Repertory Program

Production in Action Student Matinee

Thursday, May 31, 2018
10:30-11:30 am

Friday, June 1, 2018
10:30-11:30 am

Laney College Theater
900 Fallon Street, Oakland

Tickets:
Free for Title I OUSD schools
$7/attendee for all other attendees

This program is appropriate for all ages but is best suited for middle and high school.

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Scene and Heard, OBC’s 2018 Spring Repertory program, will feature new, story-driven ballets choreographed by a diverse array of local choreographers, including Bat Abbit (OBC Ballet Master), Antione Hunter (Urban Jazz Dance Company) Michael Lowe (Menlowe Ballet and OBC Alum), Danielle Rowe (Australian Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theatre), and Graham Lustig (OBC Artistic Director). This program will feature works of dance that are more contemporary in nature.


Luna Mexicana

Production in Action Student Matinee

Friday, November 2, 2018
10:00-10:45 am
The Paramount Theatre, Oakland

Tickets:
Free for Title I OUSD schools
$7/attendee for all other attendees

This program is appropriate for all ages.

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Luna Mexicana is a dance and music celebration of the iconic Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)! In Luna Mexicana, a young woman’s dreams revive her relatives and friends who all dance back to life in the forms of teetering skeletons, skirt swishing girls, a high flying “deer dancer,” and a deathly Bride and Groom. Festive dancing, colorful costumes, and vibrant music. Educational study guides and lesson plans will be provided.

 

Luna Mexicana. Photo by Dan Dion.

 Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker

Production in Action Student Matinee

Friday, December 21, 2018
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Paramount Theatre, Oakland

Tickets:
$10/attendee
Free for Title I OUSD schools

This program is appropriate for all ages, but is best suited for grades K-5.

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Graham Lustig’s spritely and fresh choreography makes this a holiday favorite for local schools as a pre-holiday break activity. Live music by the Oakland Symphony and Mt. Eden High School Womens’ Ensemble. Educational study guides and lesson plans are provided to enhance your students’ experience.


About “Production in Action”

As part of OBC’s mission to expose new audiences to the art of dance, we offer our educational program, “Discover Dance: Production in Action.” Each season we open our dress rehearsal performances to students and teachers from Oakland and East Bay schools.

Students not only enjoy a fully-costumed performance, but also learn about the technical elements that go into producing a professional dance performance, such as how scene changes work, how dancers work with a live orchestra, and much more. In addition, OBC provides educational study guides and lesson plans that align with California’s Common Core standards.

These performances are reserved exclusively for student audiences, their teachers, and/or adult chaperones. They are not open to the general public.